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Antje Weithaas: Bach & Ysaÿe, Vol. III

Antje Weithaas: Bach & Ysaÿe, Vol. III


Antje Weithaas

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Avi Music - AVI8553648D

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Cathy Krier: Debussy & Szymanowski

Cathy Krier: Debussy & Szymanowski


Cathy Krier

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Avi Music - AVI8553897D

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True North

True North


Véronique Mathieu (violin), Stephanie Chua (piano), Brian Harman (electronics)

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Centrediscs - CMCCD24417

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Stephen Chatman: Dawn of Night

Stephen Chatman: Dawn of Night


Jodie Alcorn (soprano), Julia Frodyma (soprano), Sarah Maria Leung (soprano), Lara Dodds-Eden (piano), Jenny Cheong (cello), Angela Schwarzkopf (harp), Clare Scholtz (oboe), Nila Rajagopal (soprano), Anita McAlister (trumpet)

University of Toronto MacMillan Singers, Hilary Apfelstadt

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Centrediscs - CMCCD24617

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Altri Canti D'Amor

Altri Canti D'Amor

17th Century Instrumental Works


Cavalli:

Canzon

Lucidissima face (from La Calisto)

Lera:

Diminuzioni sopra il Lamento d'Apollo

Marini, B:

Sonata I "Fuggi dolente core"

Merula:

Ciaccona

Monteverdi:

Altri canti d'Amor (Book 8): Sinfonia

Rognoni:

Anchor che col partir

Strozzi:

L'Eraclito amoroso 'Udite amanti'

Uccellini:

Aria Decima Terza sopra Questa bella sirena

Sonata Nona

Aria Quarta - sopra la Ciacona


L'Estro d'Orfeo, Leonor de Lera

This debut CD of L'Estro d'Orfeo ensemble takes its title Altri Canti d'Amor from a madrigal found in Claudio Monteverdi's Eighth Book of Madrigals. The program focuses on the music of the Italian Seicento and more precisely on the schools of northern Italy; mainly the Venetian school. It combines both instrumental and vocal pieces - the latter in instrumental versions - connected to the subject of 'love'.

"Using instruments instead of the voice may initially seem perverse for such a title, but to me, it suggests the idea of "other ways of singing about love". We thus reaffirm the great value and importance that instruments started gaining in the first half of the 17th century, where they ceased serving merely as accompaniments to the voice and gradually became the main protagonist of the musical scene, attaining a level of virtuosity that had never been explored before." - Leonor de Lera

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Challenge Classics - CC72760

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Gregory Spears: Fellow Travelers (Live)

Gregory Spears: Fellow Travelers (Live)


Joseph Lattanzi (baritone), Aaron Blake (tenor), Christian Pursell (bass-baritone), Paul Scholten (baritone), Vernon Hartman (baritone), Alexandra Schoeny (soprano), Devon Guthrie (soprano), Marcus DeLoach (baritone), Talya Lieberman (soprano)

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Mark Gibson

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Fanfare Cincinnati - FC-011

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Ladilikan - Vinyl Edition

Ladilikan - Vinyl Edition


Tita

Kanimba

Eh Ya Ye

Garaba Mama

God Shall Wipe All Tears Away

Samuel

Lila Bambo

Kene Bo

Ladilikan

Sunjata


Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet

Together the Kronos Quartet and Trio da Kali have created an album that is rich in texture, hauntingly melodic and strikingly inventive as violins, viola and cello combine with balafon, ngoni and the powerful female voice of Hawa ‘Kassé Mady’ Diabaté in transcendental style.

David Harrington, who founded the Kronos Quartet in 1973, describes the album as “one of the most beautiful Kronos has done in forty years.”

All three Da Kali members come from hereditary musical families; Balafon player and musical director Lassana Diabate was a long-time member of Toumani Diabate’s Symmetric Orchestra and has recorded with Salif Keita, Taj Mahal and many others. A musician of great subtlety and invention he has honed a virtuoso two-balafon technique to perfection. Bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté is the eldest son of the instrument’s greatest exponent, Bassekou Kouyaté and he holds down the groove in his father’s band ‘Ngoni Ba’. Singer Hawa ‘Kassé Mady’ Diabate is the daughter of Mali’s greatest traditional singer, Kassé Mady Diabate, and the power, range and phrasing of her voice led David Harrington to compare her to the late queen of American gospel, Mahalia Jackson.

Kronos Quartet have earned an enviable reputation collaborating with contemporary composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley and Laurie Anderson and with world music icons from Argentinian tango hero Astor Piazzola to Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle. They have worked with a breadth of artists, including Arvo Part, Tom Waits, Big Star, Rhiannon Giddens and Clint Mansell. Their film work includes ‘Heat’, ‘Requiem for a Dream’, ‘The Fountain’ & ‘The Great Beauty’

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World Circuit - WCV093

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Ladilikan

Ladilikan


Tita

Kanimba

Eh Ya Ye

Garaba Mama

God Shall Wipe All Tears Away

Samuel

Lila Bambo

Kene Bo

Ladilikan

Sunjata


Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet

Together the Kronos Quartet and Trio da Kali have created an album that is rich in texture, hauntingly melodic and strikingly inventive as violins, viola and cello combine with balafon, ngoni and the powerful female voice of Hawa ‘Kassé Mady’ Diabaté in transcendental style.

David Harrington, who founded the Kronos Quartet in 1973, describes the album as “one of the most beautiful Kronos has done in forty years.”

All three Da Kali members come from hereditary musical families; Balafon player and musical director Lassana Diabate was a long-time member of Toumani Diabate’s Symmetric Orchestra and has recorded with Salif Keita, Taj Mahal and many others. A musician of great subtlety and invention he has honed a virtuoso two-balafon technique to perfection. Bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté is the eldest son of the instrument’s greatest exponent, Bassekou Kouyaté and he holds down the groove in his father’s band ‘Ngoni Ba’. Singer Hawa ‘Kassé Mady’ Diabate is the daughter of Mali’s greatest traditional singer, Kassé Mady Diabate, and the power, range and phrasing of her voice led David Harrington to compare her to the late queen of American gospel, Mahalia Jackson.

Kronos Quartet have earned an enviable reputation collaborating with contemporary composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley and Laurie Anderson and with world music icons from Argentinian tango hero Astor Piazzola to Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle. They have worked with a breadth of artists, including Arvo Part, Tom Waits, Big Star, Rhiannon Giddens and Clint Mansell. Their film work includes ‘Heat’, ‘Requiem for a Dream’, ‘The Fountain’ & ‘The Great Beauty’

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World Circuit - WCD093

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Jacquet de La Guerre: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-6

Jacquet de La Guerre: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-6


Lina Tur Bonet (violin), Patxi Montero (bass viol), Kenneth Weiss (harpsichord)

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Pan Classics - PC10380

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Callas in London, Hamburg & Paris

Callas in London, Hamburg & Paris


 

Callas at Covent Garden (London 1962 & 1964)

Callas in Concert (Hamburg 1959 & 1962)

Toujours (Paris 1958)

Toujours (Paris 1958)

Callas made her belated Paris debut with this concert at the sumptuous Paris Opéra – now known as the Palais Garnier – in 1958. It was a major social event, attended by le tout Paris, and Callas appeared on the famous stage wearing her most elegant couture and a million dollars’ worth of jewellery. She opened with Norma’s ‘Casta diva’, which was followed by Leonora’s plaintive aria and the gripping ‘Miserere’ from Act IV of Il trovatore, before she lightened the mood with ‘Una voce poco fa’ from Il barbiere di Siviglia. The second half of the evening offered a staged version of Act II of Tosca, for which Callas was joined by her familiar and brilliant sparring partner, Tito Gobbi, as Scarpia and the Australian-born tenor Albert Lance as Cavaradossi, The conductor was Georges Sébastian. Paris became the last city in which Callas appeared in a new operatic production (Norma, 1965) and she died, aged just 53, in her apartment in its elegant 16th arrondissement in 1977.

Callas in Concert (Hamburg 1959 & 1962)

Callas’s only operatic appearances in Germany were Lucia di Lammermoor, with Karajan conducting, in Berlin in 1955, and La sonnambula in Cologne in 1957, but in both 1959 and 1962 she made concert tours of the country, visiting Hamburg twice. The video recordings of her concerts in the city showcase her in a dazzling variety of Italian and French repertoire for both soprano and mezzo-soprano: three contrasting Verdi roles (Lady Macbeth, Elvira from Ernani and Elisabetta from Don Carlo); Imogene from Bellini’s Il pirata; Giulia from La vestale; Chimène from Massenet’s Le Cid; Verdi’s most explosively dramatic aria for mezzo-soprano – Eboli’s ‘On don fatale’ from Don Carlo; Carmen’s seductive Habanera and Seguédille and, from Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Angelina’s final rondo, which magically combines modest charm and sparkling virtuosity.

Callas at Covent Garden (London 1962 & 1964)

Callas first appeared at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1952, as Norma. It became the scene for her last-ever operatic appearance: in June 1965, in a Zeffirelli production of Tosca that had been mounted for her the previous year. This Blu-ray disc includes Act 2 of that production, recorded in February 1964. Callas is joined by that Scarpia of Scarpias, Tito Gobbi, and, as Cavaradossi, the dynamic tenor Renato Cioni. The conductor is Carlo Felice Cilliario. This disc also contains extracts from a gala concert given two years earlier at Covent Garden. Callas performs Elisabetta’s magnificent Act V aria from Don Carlo (recalling a role she sang at La Scala in 1955) and the Habanera and Seguédille from Carmen, evoking one of the great might-have-beens of operatic history, since she never sang the entire role of Carmen on stage.


Maria Callas (soprano)

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Blu-ray Disc

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Warner Classics Maria Callas Live Remastered - 9029580420

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